Caleb didn't give a positive report because he wanted to impress
anyone but he spoke from his heart; he spoke as it was deep in his heart.
Caleb was most probably not of Israeli decent. He was a Kenizzite.
Kenaz was one of the sons of Esau. So it appears that he was a descendent of Esau and they
were the enemies of the Israelites. So he must have known what it means to break ranks
with his people in order to become a child of the nation of God.
Every person who wants to follow God has to know this mystery and
secret. You must know what it means to turn your back on your own people who do not follow
God wholeheartedly. If you and I want to follow God we must go through this process to
turn our backs on our closest relatives who are friends with the world. Just imagine how
his people must have looked down on him as a traitor. Don't be surprised if those who love
the world do the same with you if you want to follow the Lord wholeheartedly. That's maybe
also why he could break ranks with the ten spies, for he spoke from his heart and
conviction and weren't persuaded by the peer pressure of those who didn't love and trust
God with all of their heart.
Caleb was like Ruth and Rahab the harlot who hid the spies of
Israel, and became part of God's people, though not of Israeli descent.
Caleb was also willing to wait until all the children of Israel
had received their inheritance before he asked for his portion. The only portion of land
left was Hebron, which nobody wanted, where the giants were who had chariots of iron. He
fought with all the others until all had received their portion and then he went and asked
for the most difficult land.
He was brave, humble and wise. He was an amazing man.
Just read the way he said it, "if so be the LORD will be with
me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said." Some would call this
unbelief. No, it wasn't unbelief, but he was intensely aware of his reliance upon the Lord
in everything. Caleb spoke in faith after he stood back for everyone else to receive their
land. After all their wanderings in the wilderness he still trusted in hope that it would
be even as God had said.
For forty years they wandered in the wilderness and they didn't
receive the promise. It was easy to doubt but not so with Caleb.
Their sin caused them to wander in the wilderness. Sin keeps back
God's promises from going into fulfilment in your life. And so it also burdens you to make
it more difficult to believe.
You and I have bigger giants in our lives to overcome than the
Anakims. Greed and selfishness are huge giants in the life of each child of God. Do you
claim the promises of God in a selfish way or a selfless way?
The love of ease and comfort is another giant. Some Christians
want to fight their battles when and where it suits them. They blame everyone else for why
they cannot overcome. Your biggest battles in the Christian life will come at a time you
can least afford it. That's where you must overcome.
There's also the giant of lust, where another person of the
opposite sex can appear so attractive. You might feel you've never met such a perfect
person in your life. But if you don't overcome this giant it will hold you back in your
spiritual life so that you won't reach the promised land.
Then there's the giant of pride. It's the biggest reason people
are easily hurt. It's also one of the biggest reasons Christians don't make progress
Sin is a terrible thing in a Christian's life.
There are times when we have to wait and it test our faith.
Patience is an integral part of faith. Caleb kept the faith through patience all that time
in the wilderness. When we wait we are tempted to become despondent.
In a Russian church where they lived under communist rule, they
asked the government for a piece of land. They gave them a piece of land in a swamp. But
the Christians weren't upset. They were happy.
When they investigated they found that the swamp was only 1m deep,
and below was solid rock; that's why the swamp formed for the water couldn't drain into
the ground. They led the water away with furrows and built on top of the rock.
They also asked the government for bricks and the government told
them they could use the bricks of an old army barracks. As they cleaned the bricks one by
one they found a bottle with a letter inside. It was a letter signed by thirty Christians
who had to break down their church in Poland to build the army barracks and their prayer
was that one day God would grant the same bricks to be used to build a church again! God
Caleb fought with all his heart so that the others could receive
their land with the possibility that he would be killed and never receive his own. He did
not have selfish ambition. Selfish ambition paralyses our work for God.
There are certain things in life for which there is no law but
your attitude will determine what you do. If your attitude is right towards God and your
brethren then God will guide you by His spirit what to do.
Listen to Caleb's thankful answer when he speaks about God keeping
him for the forty years in the wilderness. He had no sharp words of bitterness that he had
to wander forty years in the wilderness because of the sin of the others!
Once you forget where you come from and from what you were saved
it's the beginning of the end. Remember what Jesus did to save you and me!